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Level 1/ 1 Dowling Street
Dunedin 9016

contemporary painting, illustration and textile design

upcoming exhibitions

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 in the hope these sentiments ricochet  kina artspace  101 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, New Zealand   luella@kina.co.nz

in the hope these sentiments ricochet

kina artspace

101 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, New Zealand

luella@kina.co.nz

in the hope these sentiments ricochet

opening 6th october - 24th october

kina artspace

101 Devon Street West, New Plymouth, New Zealand

luella@kina.co.nz

take off your shoes

gallery thirty three, wanaka

opening 7th july

info@gallery33.co.nz

Around this precious world,

I observe the crude rhetoric that is most unkind and the provocative language threatening civil liberties. I think about marginalised people everyday, these painted figures are a reflection of my thoughts. 

A pertinent quote at this time, 'a lie can travel halfway around the world while the truth is puttin on its shoes'  - Mark Twain

   Review James Dignan ODT Art Seen 13 April 2017    ‘‘Miscellanea’’, Kirsty Warman and Jane Shriffer (The Artist’s Room)  A joint exhibition by Kirsty Warman and Jane Shriffer is under way at The Artist's Room. The two sets of works complement each other well.  Warman's paintings are figurative, but the ghost of abstraction hides within her images. In her explorations of identity, she presents close-up portraits against suffused backgrounds. The figures appear to hide their true identities in arrays of constructed lines which form deliberately distracting details.  These are hints of the sitters' personalities, but we are forced to see what the subjects want us to see, mere masks. In the era of ``alternative facts'' we are presented with a false front, but one with clues in the details, with all the implications that has for attempts to pierce the rhetoric and discover the truth within.  Shriffer's paintings, in contrast, are deeply abstract. It is the mark-making which is the important focus of the works. Colour is instinctively added in thickly applied paint, the marks of brush and palette knife clearly visible as intrinsic features of the work.  The pale backdrops of Warman's portraits find their complement in Shriffer's deep glassy blues and greens. Though the works are purely abstract, the eye attempts to discern familiar landforms and features in the attractive, heavily worked surfaces.

Review James Dignan ODT Art Seen 13 April 2017

‘‘Miscellanea’’, Kirsty Warman and Jane Shriffer (The Artist’s Room)

A joint exhibition by Kirsty Warman and Jane Shriffer is under way at The Artist's Room. The two sets of works complement each other well.

Warman's paintings are figurative, but the ghost of abstraction hides within her images. In her explorations of identity, she presents close-up portraits against suffused backgrounds. The figures appear to hide their true identities in arrays of constructed lines which form deliberately distracting details.

These are hints of the sitters' personalities, but we are forced to see what the subjects want us to see, mere masks. In the era of ``alternative facts'' we are presented with a false front, but one with clues in the details, with all the implications that has for attempts to pierce the rhetoric and discover the truth within.

Shriffer's paintings, in contrast, are deeply abstract. It is the mark-making which is the important focus of the works. Colour is instinctively added in thickly applied paint, the marks of brush and palette knife clearly visible as intrinsic features of the work.

The pale backdrops of Warman's portraits find their complement in Shriffer's deep glassy blues and greens. Though the works are purely abstract, the eye attempts to discern familiar landforms and features in the attractive, heavily worked surfaces.

   “    A spool of pink thread    is a series of portraits that are deliberately free from traditional realism and the historical conventions of figurative painting.  They explore and interpret an abstract painted thread and mark making; a repeat of pattern, amidst a chaos of colour.    The works, including,     I am a part of all that I have met    ,   considers   individuals you have been introduced to throughout your life and the impact construed - if any.       In retrospect, an introduction becomes an impression in time - a memory that can be unpredictable and frivolous in recalling all the nuances of a person’s features.       These paintings strive to capture an ‘abstract sparkle’ rather than a likeness. There is careful consideration and exploration of one’s semblance, by challenging the idea of an identity which appears absolute, but all the while engaging with the uncertainty of a fickle memory.       The mark making has become purposely derived from my surrealistic drawing process which runs parallel to my painting practice.  Incessantly, the lines and patterns from within the drawings appear in the painted works allowing the viewer to observe beyond the literal confines reflecting a reconstructed spirit.

A spool of pink thread is a series of portraits that are deliberately free from traditional realism and the historical conventions of figurative painting.  They explore and interpret an abstract painted thread and mark making; a repeat of pattern, amidst a chaos of colour.

The works, including, I am a part of all that I have metconsiders individuals you have been introduced to throughout your life and the impact construed - if any. 

In retrospect, an introduction becomes an impression in time - a memory that can be unpredictable and frivolous in recalling all the nuances of a person’s features. 

These paintings strive to capture an ‘abstract sparkle’ rather than a likeness. There is careful consideration and exploration of one’s semblance, by challenging the idea of an identity which appears absolute, but all the while engaging with the uncertainty of a fickle memory. 

The mark making has become purposely derived from my surrealistic drawing process which runs parallel to my painting practice.  Incessantly, the lines and patterns from within the drawings appear in the painted works allowing the viewer to observe beyond the literal confines reflecting a reconstructed spirit.